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1381  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 08:15:06 PM
This kinda sucks. I was all excited about the Wii U after they showed off some of the games, but that price is a tad steep. I'll wait for either a sale or price drop.
1382  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 06:09:51 PM

I can pretty much guarantee you Wing won't stack up to SEED or Code Geass. Heck, as much as I like those shows, they probably wouldn't hold up well under scrutiny. I don't like analyze the shows I watch, I just sit back and enjoy, so when Gundam Wing has lots of problems that are obvious even to me, I think it's safe to say that it's not that great.

I mean, I still enjoy Gundam Wing - I've rewatched it twice in the last 12 months - but it lacks character development, most of the characters are either stupid or insane (despite glorifying them), the fights are mostly boring and lacking intensity, it lacks pretty much any attention to detail...really, I found very little to praise. It has it's moments of brilliance, but they're kinda rare. It does have a great soundtrack, though, and I love the mecha designs; Duo is still a fun character, despite nearly as crazy as everyone else, and I still love that scene where Heero blows up his Gundam, even though I still think he had plenty of other options.

It's not all bad, but if you're like me and remember it as being this really awesome show, you'd be in for a pretty rude awakening. I'm just hoping to knock down your expectations a good couple of notchs so if you ever do watch it again (it's all available for free, legal streaming on Crunchyroll right now, btw), so you won't be nearly as disappointed and bitter about it as I've seen a lot of people be.

I watched episode 21 of Hyouka today and there's a scene where they go to an arcade and play Virtual On.  It made me so friggin happy, 'cause Virtual On is probably my favorite arcade game ever but it never seems to get any love (it's practically unheard of here, but I don't think it was especially successful in Japan either...).

<3 I'm happy to hear that, too. Virtual On is fun, but despite what SEGA tries, it never really does that well as far as I know.
1383  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 08:09:12 PM
You could always talk about anime you like, I guess, since you're new and all.
1384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: September 12, 2012, 08:03:39 PM
I really liked .hack//SIGN. It's storytelling was different, but it played its themes well, and that's what appealed to me the most.
1385  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 07:59:38 PM
Oh so the movies are compilations? If that's the case I'll just watch those then, don't think I'll be missing out on anything special for not seeing the TV series right?

Also I saw one episide of "Place to Place" (or "Acchi Kocchi"). Is not terrible but it isn't anything special either for a slice-of-life show. The "story" is tha-- no wait, Wikipedia has a good summary of the story so here it is:

"The serious-minded Tsumiki and the pure-hearted Io feel they never want to be parted, but haven't become a couple yet. More than friends but less than lovers, they develop an awkward quasi-romance."

Mix that with animu jokes and your classic high school setting and you pretty much know what the series is about.

That sounds very annoying. And there is a third movie coming out, btw, and it's confirmed to be an all new story: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-08/madoka-magica-film-project-to-be-trilogy
1386  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 03:20:19 PM
They just did two compilation movies. Perhaps a sequel movie is next?
1387  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 12:29:12 PM
That looks rediculous. If it was a movie I'd totally watch it. Not too sure about a full series being like that, though. Even only 26 episodes could be a little too much for me. It does look kinda silly and plots like that tend to get repetitive very quickly, and I've only found 2 shows like that that could really hold my interest.
1388  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Andriasang is closing :( on: September 11, 2012, 10:53:45 AM

I really do hope someone else takes up the reigns. They really were the best source of Japanese news the industry had.
1389  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 08, 2012, 08:49:43 PM
I liked Mega Man ZX Advent, though I remember it being rediculously difficult, even when I was still good at action games. I guess it was no harder than the Zero games, though.
1390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What if classic RPGs were remade with 'modern standards'? on: September 08, 2012, 10:33:02 AM
I actually hope it is a remake of Secret of Mana. I was just thinking yesterday about all the little flaws the original had that ended up holding it back for me. Most of them were fixed in Seiken Densetsu 3, though, so if it was a port of that game, I'd be fine with that, too. As for a new game...not sure how I'd feel about that. Legend of Mana was the last one I enjoyed. :/
1391  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty Pleasure Movies on: September 07, 2012, 04:37:54 PM
Heck, I still unreservedly love the Transformers Movie. It's a heck of a lot better than anything Bay has put out.

I agree. Watched it 2 or 3 years ago, before Hollywood Video went out of business, and it was surprisingly good.

@Fadedsun - I liked Clueless more than I care to admit, too...

Actually, I have a lot of Guilty Pleasure TV shows (Dragonauts, Sailor Moon, Totally Spies, That's So Raven, etc.), but very few movies I can think of.

Oh yeah, I really enjoyed the Holloween movies they used to show on Disney channel. I forget what they were called. Something about witches. They weren't very good, but I had a lot of fun with them.
1392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGless at the moment... on: September 07, 2012, 11:19:44 AM
But since Skies of Arcadia is 130$ on Amazon, I think Growlanser is the winner for now. But I'm still open for more suggestions! Hit me! :)

Not complaining about your choice, but Skies of Arkadia Legends regularly goes for about $40 on eBay, complete and Used. The DC version I've seen go for less, but it's not a lot less.
1393  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 06, 2012, 10:19:07 PM
I don't think it was ever properly established who the bad guys were most of the time. It's been a while since I've seen it all, though. Some of them were definitely humans, though, I remember that.
1394  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 06, 2012, 05:13:48 PM
Other M wasn't that bad...it just wasn't Metroid in any way, shape, or form.

Oh Right, Mega Man. I'm over it already. Mega Man Legend 3 would've been the last Mega Man game I would've actually played, anyways. After playing Mega Man 10, I realized platform games where you die a million times just aren't that fun for me anymore. While I'm sad I don't get to play Legend 3, and I'm sad to see a part of my childhood go astray, it was a part of my life I had moved on from long beforehand.
1395  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ace Attorney 5 on: September 06, 2012, 04:55:44 PM
It makes a poor first impression. I hear it gets much better, but what little I played (the demo apparently contained a portion of the first episode) bored me very quickly.
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